Tube clock database

[Brian] wrote in to show us a site he’s been working on for a while. He’s been building a tube clock database. We didn’t realize there was actually a big enough draw for such a site, but we have to admit that we spent more than a few minutes browsing through the different clocks. There isn’t a ton of data for each clock, but there are links to individual project pages wherever available. There is also a growing amount of information on the different components themselves, so submit any data you have that he’s missing to help flesh it out.

The video above wasn’t chosen for any reason other than it is quite stylish.


  1. troll says:

    the clock in the vid. is absolutely awesome!

  2. sd says:

    Credit where it’s due, that’s a lush looking clock but I just spent 2:07 waiting for something, anything, to happen.

    Creating a video for that content where a simple photo would have sufficied is the media equivalent of using an Arduino to flash an LED.

  3. svofski says:

    Really beautiful clock in the vid. It’s rare when people have skill and patience to make an electronics piece look like a usable product and the author of this clock excels at that.

  4. monkeyslayer56 says:

    thanks sd for keeping me from watching and wasting my valuable time

  5. The Ideanator says:

    Oh my God that is made of epic win.

  6. Dave says:


    I spent 2:07 admiring an amazing work of intelligence and craftsmanship, then wasted 15 seconds of my life reading your comment.

  7. sd says:

    @dave, lol – touché!

  8. HackerK says:

    Wow. I second that. The clock in the video is AWESOME!

  9. JB says:

    Nice clock. It has a bit of a steampunk look. Got to make one now.

  10. walt says:

    you know what. I like tubes. I really do..
    and, this clock is cool.

  11. mrgoogfan says:

    tubes are awesome

  12. localroger says:

    I want to know where the guy with the analog VFD clock kits is getting the VFD’s.

  13. AnubisTTP says:

    @localroger, That would be the million dollar question. The tube part number is VFD48-1202FN, they are made by BOE Display Technology, based out of Shaoxing, China. Nobody seems to be selling the displays at wholesale prices, but Kosbo (the maker of the clock shown in the article) sells the displays separately on Ebay for about $20 dollars each. You can find them by doing a search on Ebay for “VFD ROUND CLOCK DISPLAY”.

  14. Mic says:

    Too sexy. I could go into details but I don’t need to. To cool for words, so I will give up trying to describe the geekazoidal pimpdacity of this…

  15. Brian says:

    Howdy –
    I don’t know where Konstantin originally got his analog style VFD tubes, but he does have them for sale on eBay:


  16. bbazs says:

    Awesome work!

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